Arts & Entertainment

Classical guitarist to start series

On Sept. 24, the hypnotic sounds of classical guitarist Petar Jankovic will kick off Camerata Musica's 2011-12 season.

Jankovic is a renowned musician who conducts classical guitar workshops and concerts all over the world when he isn't teaching at the Indiana University School of Music, where he also earned his masters degree in music.

He was just 8 years old when he began playing the guitar while growing up in Serbia. He earned a degree in classical guitar at the Music Academy in Belgrade.

While still in high school, he became a two-time gold medal, silver medal and bronze medal winner at the National Music Competition.

He was 16 when he performed his first professional concert and by age 20 Jankovic was teaching classical guitar at the Community College in Belgrade.

"He will provide a delightful evening of guitar music by composers Villa-Lobos, Albeniz and Piazolla," said Nancy Welliver, Camerata Musica spokeswoman.

All concerts are held at the Battelle Auditorium on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.

Here's a look at Camerata's entire 2011-12 season:

-- Sept. 24: Petar Jankovic classical guitar concert, 8 p.m.

-- Oct. 29: The Rose Ensemble, a 12-member choral and instrumental group that performs a unique blend of faith-based music of Jews, Muslims and Christians, 8 p.m.

-- Nov. 19-20: Stephan Beus, a pianist, performs classical music by Medtner, Beethoven and Liszt. Beus, who grew up in Othello, has earned international acclaim in the world of classic music.

The Nov. 19 concert is at 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium. The Nov. 20 concert is at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton, Kennewick.

-- Jan. 14: Intersection, a trio of musicians who will play a mix of music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Falla and Bizet on piano, violin and cello, 8 p.m.

-- Feb. 25: The Onyx Chamber Players, is a quartet of musicians who will play a mix of Schumann and Brahms compositions on piano, violin and viola, 8 p.m.

-- March 24: Sans Souci, is a Baroque ensemble who will play music by Quantz, Vivaldi, Beyer and Bach on violins, viola, cello and harpsichord, 8 p.m.

-- April 28: The Jupiter Quartet, is a Boston-based string group who will play music by Haydn, Prokofiev and Schubert, 8 p.m.

-- May 6: The Young Artists of Distinction concert features several local music students with exceptional talent, 2 p.m.

Admission is free to all the concerts. For more information, call Welliver at 947-3325.